If you lost the remote for your Apple TV

You need a remote to control your Apple TV. If you lost the remote that came with your Apple TV, you can control your Apple TV with your iOS device or buy a new remote.

Control your Apple TV with your iOS device

Before you begin, check the following:

  • Make sure that your Apple TV is connected to your television, powered on, and connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
  • If your Apple TV is turned off, you can turn it on without a remote. Just unplug your Apple TV from power, then plug it back in.
  • If you have a new Apple TV that hasn’t been set up, plug your Apple TV in to your Wi-Fi router with an ethernet cable. 

Then follow the steps below to set up the Apple TV Remote in Control Center or the Apple TV Remote app.

Use the Apple TV Remote in Control Center

If you’ve set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV, then the Apple TV Remote is automatically added to Control Center when you update to iOS 12 or later.

If you haven’t set up your iOS device to control your Apple TV or have an earlier version of iOS, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  2. Add the Apple TV Remote to Control Center, then open Control Center.
  3. Tap , then choose your Apple TV.
  4. If asked, enter the four-digit code on your iOS device that appears on your Apple TV.

The Apple TV Remote in Control Center works only with Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation). If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation), you can use the Apple TV Remote app to control your Apple TV.

Use the Apple TV Remote app

  1. Download the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Make sure that your iOS device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV.
  3. Open the Apple TV Remote app, tap Add Apple TV, then tap your Apple TV.
  4. If asked, enter the four-digit code on your iOS device that appears on your Apple TV.

Buy a new remote

You can also buy a new Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote for your Apple TV from the Apple Online Store, Apple Store, or other retailer.

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